Originally Posted by Greenwith
Sorry, I don't mean to thread hi-jack, but why is there a lack of love for the RSA A-10 Thunderbolt 2?
I've been lurking around these areas, and there hasn't been much word about it. Are there issues that I am not aware of?
A lack of posts about any piece of gear on Head-Fi doesn't necessarily mean it has issues, it just has a lack of vocal owners (or owners at all, in some cases).
Originally Posted by budx3385
That's a worthy recommendation, spritzer. Your experience and technical knowledge make that seem an easy statement. But, believe me, I did a lot of looking and asking before I bought the V-capped WES, and I found several statements like yours but not an in-depth review. It's probably out there somewhere. If a signpost were added here, that might help those who follow keep from making the same mistake.
Speaking to spritzer's point about "experienced users", experience isn't the difference IMO, moreso the average Head-Fier's ability to afford multiple multi-thousand-dollar amps, or in some cases the ability to keep & set up multiple amps. Most people on Head-Fi typically look to buy one amp at most, not 2 or 3, or more, especially for an electrostatic setup. Hence, an in-depth review by any one person would have to be by someone who can afford at least 2 amps, but more to the point, someone who wants to buy 2 amps - and I honestly can't think of many people who fall under that category, if any.
Even for so-called amateur (or professional) reviewers, who typically have better access to manufacturers, still have a hurdle to overcome - the interest for such a review, the ability to set up multiple amps, appropriate supporting gear (source & headphones), and an insightful ability to convey their experience in writing that most people can understand.
So aside from the infrequent Head-Fi meet where such things can be set up, I really don't see any chances for an actual one-person's review of the current electrostatic amp offerings ever happening.
Until then I recommend that most people research their info online (not just on Head-Fi but other sites as well) and make a serious effort to attend a meet, even if you have to travel to one. I know a lot of people would scoff at the idea of traveling to a meet (as it requires travel costs which can be expensive), but if you attend a great meet, any amount of travel cost will be more than offset by the personal experience that can be gained.
Edited by Asr - 12/5/11 at 11:09am